Latest Pandemic H1N1/09 virus Stories

2009-11-26 07:25:00

On Wednesday U.S. health officials expressed concern over a trend towards increased incidence of bacterial infections in young adults who have contracted the swine flu. Though serious bacterial infections are not uncommon for patients suffering from the flu, the particularly high rate at which it is affecting young people"”typically the most resilient group against such infections"”has given health experts a bit of an alarm.  Dr. Anne Schuchat of the U.S. Centers for Disease...

2009-11-21 06:40:00

Officials with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that the swine flu pandemic might be reaching its peak in the U.S., although the outbreak could hit several such peaks within a single season. "We are beginning to see some declines in flu activity around the country but there is still a lot of influenza," said the CDC's Dr. Anne Schuchat during a news conference. "It is still much greater than we would normally see this time of year," she said, adding that weeks...

2009-11-17 15:09:31

Patients who have previously been infected with influenza may have adapted a certain level of immunity to the H1N1 swine flu, researchers reported Tuesday. Writing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers from the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology and colleagues found that people who have had flu infections or repeated flu vaccines may gain a certain protection against the swine flu. "The question we asked was, 'Is the swine flu more like the seasonal...

2009-11-17 11:33:24

As the number of deaths related to the pandemic H1N1 virus, commonly known as "swine flu," continues to rise, researchers have been scrambling to decipher its inner workings and explain why the incidence is lower than expected in older adults. In a study appearing online and in a future issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a UT Southwestern Medical Center researcher and his collaborators in California show that the molecular makeup of the current H1N1 flu strain is...

2009-11-16 17:08:41

Researchers at the La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology have found that previous influenza infections may provide at least some level of immunity to the H1N1 "swine" flu." The question we asked was, "Is the swine flu more like the seasonal flu or like a totally new strain of influenza where there would be no immunity?," said Alessandro Sette, Ph.D., an internationally recognized vaccine expert and director of the La Jolla Institute's Center for Infectious Disease. "What we have...

2009-11-14 06:45:00

The worst may be behind us for swine flu outbreaks, according to new reports from the World Health Organization on Friday. The global death toll is slowing, although 6,250 people have died since the onset of the pandemic, AFP accounted. In the week of November 8, the number of deaths from A(H1N1) increased about 179, while there were 224 a week prior and a significant leap of about 700 in the last week of October.  The pandemic has affected 206 countries or territories globally, the...

2009-11-04 13:45:00

Online self-assessment tool helps evaluate symptoms of both seasonal and H1N1 swine flu ROCHESTER, Minn., Nov. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "My body aches and my head is throbbing. Do I have the flu or is it just because I'm stressed or tired? Do I need a flu shot? Do I need the H1N1 vaccine, too?" (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090105/MAYOLOGO) Millions of Americans will be asking themselves these and more questions this fall and winter as news reports and health care...

2009-10-21 10:00:00

More than one in five Americans knows someone who has had the H1N1 flu WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new American Red Cross poll shows that while concerns about exposure to the H1N1 (swine flu) virus remain high, women are more likely than men to make extra efforts to cover coughs and sneezes with tissue, wash their hands more carefully and use hand sanitizer more often. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090108/RedCrossLOGO) Since it was first...

2009-10-20 06:10:00

Amidst mounting indications that flu deaths may be reaching epidemic proportions in many states, US health officials state that deliveries of swine flu vaccine may take longer than expected. According to Anne Schuchat of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the news comes as eleven more children were added to last week's death toll, 10 of which have been confirmed in lab tests to have been from the H1N1 influenza strain. Schuchat also noted that 86 US children have died...

2009-10-17 07:40:00

Eleven more U.S. children died from H1N1 swine flu during the past week, a federal health official said Friday, adding that the disease is now so widespread it has surpassed epidemic proportions. Of the 86 children who have died since the new swine flu arose last spring, 43 deaths have been reported in September and early October alone, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. During the past three years, deaths among children from the regular flu ranged from 46 to 88...

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